37.2 Lesson Fifteen
and a bed of strawandalsoblankets, theboyfellasleepassoonashelaydown. HoweVer,
the o]d ather Phuntsog was so happy thinking about hislifetime dream--- being so near to
the day of meeting the jo Shakyamuni. How could he s]eep?Gradual]y, hiswife"sface
came g]ittering before his eyes, and he thought about this.
My wife Dzomba was my friend since (she was) sixteen years of age. Fori̅about 40
years, she loved mei̅at all times without deceit. Time after time when my heart disease
aurose, with tears filling her eyes, D) , zomba would feed me spoonfuls of food and do
whatever nursing work was needed. Finally, lastyearDzombaherselfgotsickandwason
the point of death, but still she took my haundand said, "Iam at the end of my life,
Phuntsog. Because you have heart disease, be careful." Rather than (think) about her own
pain, she had great concern for rne. Thuroughout her whole life she never wished things for
herself, but at the pxoint of death she stroked her son"s cheek andas herlast wil] said,
"Please take our only son Panden toLhasa to see the Io once." A ndi̅then she took off her
the large turquoise headstonefromthecrownofherheadandputitintomyhand. She
sheda few teardrops and said, "Phuntsog, giVei̅this to the Io and pray (tohiml) thatour
son Panden will haVei̅a happyi̅life." Then she died. Now, tomorrow, Ii̅will see the jo as
well as definitely fulfill the wish of my deceased wifeThinking in this maunner, he
became very happy. i̅
A moment later, Phuntsog"s heart suddenly started to pa]pitate strongerand
stronger and sweat drops fell from his forehead. It was difficu]t to breathe. Phuntsog
thought, becoming very frightened, "Oh myl Unfortunate person that Iam, my heart
disease is starting torise again. Now what is best?" The lady of the hi̅ouse had heated some
leftover stew and made a teapot of butter tea, and had come at thati̅time to the hay room
to call the two pilgrims (to eat) . She saw Phuntsog panting due to his heartattack and
immediately brought a hibachilike container in front of Phuntsog and (pouring some
tsamba on the coals) causedthe air to be filled with the smell of buurning tsamba.She
quickly gave him a hot bowl of the leftover stew and gradually, Phuntsog not only
regained consciousness, but his heart palpitation alsoi̅decreased. Then the lady of the i̅
house woke up Panden and gave the twoa large helping of tea and ba (tsamba mixedwith
tea intoa dough]ike consistency) to make them full, and Phuntsogrecoveredasif he had
eaten a powerful medicine. When the lady of thei̅house saw this, she said, "If your hea]th
is not too bad, today is the 15 th of Sagadawa and if you see the jo (on this day) you will
be able to collect measureless merit. Now the second cock"s crowisyettocome. Ifyou
two depart, you will be able to see the jo by about sunrise." Phuntsogreplied, "Thankyou,
lady of the house. May everything you do be successfull Iwi]l prayinthiswaybeforethe
jo. Long life toyoul" Then he took his son Panden and set off (lit., entered) the road.


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